1. Who Benefits From Parent Coaching & Counseling?

    There isn’t a one size fits all approach to parenting. We want to get to know you and learn about your family so we can work together to meet your parenting goals. Common parenting concerns that are brought to us include:  Difficult child behaviors  Sibling dynamics Parent-child conflict Separation anxiety Transition issues Problems at school Suspected or diagnosed disabilities  Parental burn…Read More

  2. Why People Consider Parent Coaching and Counseling

    Parents have the hardest job out there, yet there’s little (if any) training before we’re thrown into the thick of it! As your child grows and develops, the job constantly changes, which means the demands on you as a parent are ever-changing as well. Even if you are a reader, the book you read last year may not apply this year! Parents often lack the support they need and deserve, leaving them…Read More

  3. Am I being a Scrooge to my over-giving in-laws?

    Q: My values during the holidays are to focus on my family and gratitude, but my in-laws want to shower my kids with an obscene number of gifts. I don't want to offend them, but it makes me uncomfortable and it is not the sort of values I want to convey to my kids. What should I do or say? A: I completely understand where you are coming from and why you would want your kids to cherish family over …Read More

  4. Celebrating Children’s Christmas Birthdays

    If you ask a child who celebrates Christmas about their favorite day of the year, their answer will likely be one of two occasions: the aforementioned December holiday or their birthday. But what happens when these two occasions fall on the same day? According to data compiled by FiveThirtyEight on daily births in the U.S. from 1994 to 2014, Christmas Day, New Year's Day, and Christmas Eve were th…Read More

  5. Homework Help! 6 Tips for Parents Facing Homework Pushback

    Is your elementary school child struggling with homework? You’re not alone! Homework is designed to provide extra practice of skills learned at school and to help your child develop good study habits. However, homework time can become a battle, and it can test your patience and persistence! Try these six tips to make homework go more smoothly in your house: Designate a homework spot. An ideal sp…Read More

  6. Sending Encouraging Notes to Your Child

    We are very proud of our very own Jessica Payne, LCSW-C, who contributed to the writing of this article by offering her wisdom and experience to the author. Scroll down or click the image to read in it's entirety. When raising kids, there are few things more important and more beneficial than encouragement. Encouraging them to make decisions on their own, to put themselves out there, or to try som…Read More

  7. Selective Mutism

    What is selective mutism (SM)? SM is an anxiety disorder, usually diagnosed in childhood, that is defined by an individual's inability to speak in certain social situations, despite being able to speak well in other settings. Signs and Symptoms: Consistent difficulty with communicating in certain settings and situations where speaking is expected, such as in school, with teachers or peers, a…Read More

  8. Child Middleman for Parent’s Communication

    Q: My parents got divorced a few months ago, and our family life has been a mess ever since. When they first separated, my mom started communicating parenting logistics to my dad through me. I didn’t mind at first because it meant they wouldn’t fight, but then my dad started doing the same. It grew into constantly relaying arguments between them and all the negativity drove me crazy. A few day…Read More

  9. Unwelcome In-law Opinions

    Q: I am a stay at home mom and my eight-year-old son, Sammy, has some behavioral issues. He gets upset very easily and lashes out unpredictably. Through a lot of work, and therapy, he has gotten much better. My wife and I have learned that when he has a meltdown he is too upset to use his words. When we help him to explain his feelings, he calms down. My mother-in-law has always hated the way that…Read More